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Mrs Sarah Mander

Profile summary

Professional biography

My professional background is within Early Help services as both practitioner and strategic leader. I have enjoyed almost 20 years working in the statutory, voluntary and private sector with the 0 - 19 age range. I am currently a Staff Tutor for the Open University with line management responsibility for Associate Lecturers.

Research interests

I am currently studying for a Doctorate in Education, researching the characteristics of child-centred practice and safeguarding within Early Help workforces. Within the School for Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport I lead the Student Voice and Wellbeing | Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (

Teaching interests

Since moving to the world of academia 6 years ago, I have led courses for Family and Community Studies and Special Educational Needs and Disability. My teaching interests include safeguarding and well-being, community studies and educational inclusion. I continue to teach for module E104, An Introduction to Childhood and Youth Studies and Psychology.


A view through the looking glass: co-creation and innovation for student voice and wellbeing in distance education (2024)
Mander, Sarah; Fensham-Smith, Amber; Connolly, Nichola and Reeve, Yasmin
Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 26(1) (pp. 113-128)

Seamlessly transcending the ‘Academic Bump’ to support the new lecturer in higher education (2018)
Bywater, Amy and Mander, Sarah
Research in Post-compulsory Education, 23(2) (pp. 202-212)

Early Help Mechanisms – A mere fad or ground breaking reformation to child protection systems? The importance of interprofessional working; the educational and health perspective (2015-10)
Mander, Sarah and Sturge, Sally
Pedagogy in Practice, 1(2)

Well-being, mental health and the student population (2021)
Mander, Sarah
In: Williams-Brown, Zeta and Mander, Sarah eds. Childhood Well-being and Resilience: Influences on Educational Outcomes (pp. 33-45)
ISBN : 9780367342432 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London

How big is our society? (2017-07)
Mander, Sarah
In: Brown, Zeta ed. Children, Families and Communities:
ISBN : 9781138200760 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Inclusive practice for families (2016-04-29)
Bennett, Kay; Mander, Sarah and Richards, Lynn
In: Brown, Zeta ed. Inclusive Education: perspectives on pedagogy, policy and practice
ISBN : 9781138913899 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

A view through the looking glass: co-creation and innovation - a recipe for success (2023-04)
Mander, Sarah; Fensham-Smith, Amber; Connolly, Nichola and Reeve, Yasmin
In : 7th Biennial International Conference on Access, Participation and Success (26-27 Apr 2023, The Open University, Milton Keynes)

Reflecting upon how we wrote 'Childhood Well-being and Resilience: Influences on Educational Outcomes' (2020-11-25)
Mander, Sarah and Williams-Brown, Zeta
Education Observatory, University of Wolverhampton